A Delaware woman was killed after she fell about 35 feet from a zip line platform on Wednesday.
Tina Werner plummeted to her death at the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure in Bear at around 2:35 p.m, as reported by the Associated Press.
As reported by Star Tribune, those going for the Go Ape courses are provided climbing harnesses and two sets of ropes with carabiners. This equipment can be attached or detached to safety wires as a participant moves through the course.
Tina Werner: Woman had completed the necessary training
Werner fell when she was near the end of her course, according to Jeff Davis, spokesman for Go Ape. The victim had completed the necessary safety training. “Participant witnesses have stated that at the time of the accident the participant had unfortunately disconnected herself from the safety system,” Davis said.
The zip line, where Werner was waiting to go, has swings, suspended obstacles, and multiple zip lines. The website for Go Ape notes that they operate in 15 states. Participants are required to complete a 30 minute training session before they can go on the course.
The website states, “Waivers are signed by participants to accept responsibility for following the safety rules and advice on the course and assume all risks associated with his/her participation. These safety rules are communicated thoroughly in a safety brief that is required of every participant before they Go Ape.”
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Tina Werner ‘completing her bucket list’
First aid was performed by park rangers and employees on Werner until paramedics arrived at the scene. She was declared dead at Christiana Hospital.
According to state police, an autopsy confirmed that Werner’s death was caused from “multiple blunt force trauma by way of an accident.”
“She was finishing her bucket list,” Werner’s daughter, Melissa Slater, said.
“This is truly the hardest situation that I have ever faced,” Slater wrote. “Today, about 3 hours ago, I was told that my mother has died. I am thankful to be her daughter.”